Courtesy of Carolinas Golf Association
After racking up 18 points in the four-ball and foursomes matches, the Carolinas team only needed to earn 6.5 of the available 24 points in the singles matches today to win back the Captain’s Putter at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, N.C.
The Virginias team did not make that an easy feat taking 13.5 of the 24 singles match points, but the Carolinas ultimately earned back the Captain’s Putter on their home turf.
Putting 48 of the best golfers from four states together to battle it out naturally creates heated competition, but the by-product is incredible golfers bringing out their “A-game” for their respective teams. In several instances, not even a birdie could win the hole. Gaston Country Club saw 12 eagles and 273 birdies in just two days of competition from these teams. The talent displayed by this select group of golfers was immeasurable.
Carolinas regular, Daniel Neveu brought home the first match of the day 5 & 4 for a point for the Carolinas team. Following Neveu, several matches came in with points for the Virginias team. They captured an outstanding 11 matches with senior Matt Sughrue taking down the CGA’s most decorated champion Paul Simson in a 3 & 2 victory.
Virginia's regulars and playing partners, Jordan Utley and Dustin Groves went undefeated in the four-ball and foursome matches. They were able to carry that momentum into the singles matches and both pulled off a clean sweep for their matches this weekend.
On the Carolinas side, three players were able to pull off a clean sweep this weekend, one player from each division. Raymond Wooten, a Carolinas Regular, captured his four-ball match with Mark Olbrych 4 & 3 for his biggest win of the weekend. Carolinas Senior and Captain’s Putter mainstay, Eddie Hargett performed best in the singles with a swift 4 & 3 victory this morning. The Carolinas Super Senior Player of the Year, Evan Long also showed out in the singles matches capturing his third win of the matches 4 & 2. Notably, Carolinas Senior, Steve Harwell clinched his match with an 8 & 6 finish on No. 12 green for the biggest win of the weekend.
About the Captain's Putter
The Captain’s Putter is an annual set of matches pitting top golfers from North and South Carolina against top players from Virginia and West Virginia (Virginia State Golf Association and West Virginia State Golf Association). This year’s win moves the Carolinas Team to a 51-24-1 overall record in the series.
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ABOUT THE Captain's Putter Matches
The Captain’s Putter is an annual set of matches
pitting top golfers from North
Carolina and South Carolina (Carolinas Golf
Association) against top players
from Virginia and West Virginia (Virginia State Golf
Association and West
Virginia State Golf Association). Rosters contain 14
regular, 8 senior (age 55+)
and 2 super senior (65+) players. The matches
consist of two days of
competition, with opening round four-ball and
foursome matches, followed by
final day singles matches. A victory in each match
scores one point in the
Ryder Cup-style format, and if a match goes 18
holes without a decision, one-half point is awarded to
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